Join Us for the Data Dump

Free Electronics Recycling Event With Secure Data Destruction

SouthTech regularly hosts an electronics recycling event in partnership with the various business associations located on the Suncoast. Twice a year, SouthTech invites you to bring your old, outdated electronics to be recycled (at no charge to you!) in a swift and secure manner. When we say electronics, we mean things like desk phones, mobile phones, monitors, computers, printers, copiers, and keyboards. There is a small list of devices that we cannot accept due to expenses incurred by the recycling process: a good example is old televisions. Old televisions tend to have harmful materials on the inside, and they require special care to dismantle safely. But it’s more than likely that your pile of old office tech is good to go. So bring it to the Data Dump! The company that performs the breakdown of the devices and handles the aftercare for the separate parts is Quicksilver Recycling Services, a company out of Tampa that has been expertly handling old technology since 1998. You can check out their website here. SouthTech works with Quicksilver specifically because of their secure data destruction policy. If you bring devices to these events, you can rest easy knowing that your data is protected. After every event, SouthTech provides participants with a secure data destruction certificate, verifying that all materials handled by Quicksilver were safely destroyed.

When is the next one?

We are co-hosting our next Data Dump with the Bradenton Area EDC on Thursday, April 22nd from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. This time we will be parking our tents and trucks in the parking lot at the Manatee Technical College Main Campus! Tell your friends, families, and co-workers to stop by and dump their old devices. We look forward to seeing you there!

How does it work?

It’s easy! The Data Dump works like an assembly line. You pull up in your car, our team helps you unload, and then the disassembly starts. Devices with hard drives are taken apart and the hard drives are punched with an industrial drill press, destroying them so no one can access your data. You can stick around to watch or record the hard drive destruction, for proof of secure disposal, or if you’re in a hurry you can head out as soon as your car is unloaded.

Check out these photos from our previous events!

If you’re interested in attending the next Data Dump, please follow us on Facebook! We post detailed event information there, and it’s also where we do our prize drawings.

Curious about what exactly happens at the Data Dump? Want to see some hard drive smashing? The Data Dump has been talked about on the Suncoast View. You can view the segment here!